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Four in Shanghai

An American Family's Adventures Living in China

Mooncakes and the Mid-Autumn Festival

In China, schools and businesses are closed today to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, otherwise known as Moon Festival. There are many elements similar to US Thanksgiving - visiting family and loved ones, feasting, and celebrating harvests. There are some differences...

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Shanghai Skyscrapers

When people think of Shanghai, one of the first things they think of is skyscrapers. Living in Shanghai, we see them every day, but it took us almost a full year to go inside of one. I guess there is some truth the idea that people tend not...

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Shanghai World Expo Site

SHANGHAI EXPO - TAKE TWO   Where do you go when you need to get away from the crowds in Shanghai? Until this weekend, I really didn't know. But now we have at least one place we can go - the site of the 2010 World Expo, the world's fair held...

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G’Day Australia!

WINTER HOLIDAY AROUND SYDNEY One of the benefits of living abroad is the ability to travel more easily to places that were inaccessible before. Australia was one of those places we had dreamed about visiting, and so we took the opportunity...

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Shanghai Spooky Villages

Spooky Village The air is chilly and Halloween is fresh in our memory. It's time for a tale about Spooky Village, the mysterious area across the street from our neighborhood. We live in the east side of Shanghai, called Pudong, and the...

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Golden Week – Hainan Island

Hainan Island - Sanya China celebrates the founding of their nation each October in a weeklong celebration called Golden Week. We had holidays from school and work, so decided to take a long weekend out of the big city. We chose Hainan...

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Shanglow Days – Car Troubles

Among the expats living in Shanghai, it's common to talk about Shanglow days. The opposite of feeling high, you're feeling low, or a little blue, in Shanghai. Lots of things could bring on a Shanglow day - the weather, the traffic, the cost...

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Our First Chinese Collection

Our New Collection We started our first collection in China, and it's not what I thought it would be. Nothing as classy as Chinese calligraphy or tea sets for us - we're collecting plastic Disney figurines! The biggest store near us,...

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Mosquito Attack

Before we moved to China I took some Mandarin lessons. I learned things like greetings, numbers, and telling time. Little did I know that one of the first new words I would learn after moving would be for an insect. Wénzi蚊子, (mosquito) is...

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House Quirks

There are some things in our Shanghai house that make me chuckle. Here are just a couple. 1) The faucets. My faucets are labeled Kalt and Caldo. His are Caldo and Warm. Hmm..... Mix and match languages and meanings. I had to look up some of...

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Tokyo Disney

While in Japan, we had a chance to spend a few days at Tokyo Disney. It was a welcome change from the big cities of Shanghai and Tokyo, and felt very familiar. The layout of Tokyo Disney is very similar to Disneyland in Anaheim, and had many...

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Suzhou

After a few weeks in Shanghai we decided to take a day trip out of the city. The previous weekend we'd been stuck at home due to a typhoon, so were anxious to get out and see something. We had our driver take us to Suzhou, which is a small...

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